I remember singing along to Eddie Vedder at a bar in Heidelburg, Germany.
It was 1994. I was about to enter my senior year of high school, celebrating the summer by traveling Europe for a slew of musical performances with my classmates.
We were the musical act in question - not Pearl Jam.
Our set list included a variety of ancient madrigals, John Tavener tunes and Mozart's Requiem. A grueling schedule that dotted a dozen places in France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland in the span of two weeks.
The trip was unforgettable. Every moment.
Including the time when, oh, seven of us or so gathered around a jukebox to play our favorite album of the moment, Pearl Jam's Ten.
It's an album that Double Platinum and I insist is worthy of any Top 10 Albums To Have If You're Stranded on A Deserted Island list.
A few bars of any song on that disc, and I'm instantly transported back to my high school days. Alive reminds me of that time when we were so fresh faced, optimistic and excited about the world around us.
I'd like to think I've held on to some of those characteristics.
I am presently planted in the present, though this week's extremely demanding schedule has put a major dent in my blogging habit.
Just wanted you to know that I did not, in fact, go somewhere far - despite the previous post's wistful musing.
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